This is Lake Tuggeranong, down the southern end of Canberra, what a beautiful shot.
How lucky am I, to work where I do (not the job, just the office location and surrounds)!
I work in an office complex set in a park like environment, with its own fake river corridor running right through the buildings. This morning was a loving morning and I sat downstairs for a few minutes drinking my coffee and relaxing next to the bubbling water and watching the wildlife parading in front of me. Now I may not have actual seen every one of these birds today, but I have seen all of them at one time or another, as they are frequent visitors to the trees and parkland that surround my workplace.
Sometimes I hate coming to work, but at that moment on this morning, once I was outside in my little wildlife nirvana, I was at peace with the world, even that DIRTY rotten milk thief (see yesterday’s blog http://captsavage.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/how-to-stop-a-thief-and-my-100th-post-yippee/) wasn’t bothering me today!!!
My top 10 feathered visitors to my office surrounds enjoy!!!
As per usual, they aren’t in any order…
1. Superb Blue Wren, often found hanging around the little bushes at the front of the offices
2. Rainbow Lorikeet, noisy visitor whenever the native trees and shrubs come into blossom
3. Red Wattlebird, see the cute little red wattles on its cheeks? This one has a really raspy nasty almost metal call
4. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, they are everywhere and the naughty buggers of the cockatoos, often seen ripping the rubber seals out of street lights or ripping flowers to bits just for fun
5. Eastern or Crimson Rosella, beautiful slightly timid birds, with a bell-like call
6. Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, come around when the pine tree cones are ready to eat, nearly twice as big as the white cockatoo, but have a shy gentle nature
7. Blue Cheeked Rosella, brilliantly coloured, the young birds are actually greenish in colour
8. Australian Magpie, always hanging around on the balcony, begging for tidbits, and prone to swoop cyclists, have a beautiful warbling call
9. Eastern Yellow Robin, delicate little birds that dart around in the bushes around the buildings
10. Last but not least, a symbol of the Australian National Territory, the Gang Gang Cockatoo, have the raspiest call of all.
Yep I am so lucky to work where I am, and that’s not a compliment to the work I do, which is a different thing all together, it’s just great sometimes to sit quietly and watch the wildlife. Where else can you do this less than 1-2 minutes’ walk from your office door? Then it all came to an end as I had to go back in, tranquility shattered, normality crushed in, back to life as a Government drone…
Did you take these photos Capt.?
Nope, only wish I was that good with my camera, but I am intending to take my digital SLR to work in spring and try to get some of my own photos maybe for the blog or to frame.
(Next week I move onto the furry animals, and Carp Diem Rose, tomorrow is Karma Post Day!!!)